How to avoid the “Autumn blues”

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In Autumn, things are in decline and we need to make an effort to avoid the “Autumn Blues” as we move toward the end of the year. It’s a time to reflect on where you’ve been in the past year and where you want to go in the new one.

“I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”
                                                                  ? Friedrich Nietzsche

 Holidays are a distant memory, the temperature goes down, the days get shorter and gray, the energy goes down, getting up in the morning becomes more and more difficult and our mood gets gloomy…  autumn has arrived!

The sadness is lurking

We look out the window, the rain on the windows and the darkness of the afternoon give us a sense of sadness. The coming season will bring us to the cold and a more sedentary lifestyle. We may experience fewer opportunities for recreation, a sense of apathy often accompanied by insomnia and increased appetite.

A typical syndrome of this period is SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or Autumn Blues, which mainly affects the Nordic countries, and those subjects forced to spend more time using artificial light.

The lack of light increases the production of melatonin, responsible for sluggishness and laziness and particularly affects anxious, insecure, hypochondriac people, particularly sensitive to external events.

This hormonal change increases the perception of negative emotions in the brain. It then become necessary to help our brain to readjust itself in order to cope with the changes in the environment that surrounds us helping the body to produce those substances that can positively affect our mood.

To face these symptoms and to still the sense of melancholy we have to fill the day with interesting activities, capable of giving pleasure and psychic well-being. It is therefore necessary to seek new stimuli that awakens our creativity and restore our energy.

The importance of colors

We imagine autumn and we immediately think of the trees. The leaves that fall or that are tinged with colors ranging from red to brown, are perceived as less activating. They invite us to be more solitary and thoughtful but this should not be seen as a downside. In many cases, in fact, it reveals a great opportunity for change, for inner awakening that leads us to sow the seeds to obtain the fruits we desire.

To do this, let us not forget to take care of the environment in which we live. Let’s make it cozy. Bring home the warm colors of the season, a carpet, a bedspread, pillows. Surround ourselves with elements that encourage the desire to relax, meditate, carve out time for ourselves and for our passions that we have probably neglected in previous months.

We learn from nature

Let’s stop thinking about the autumn blues and the leaves that fall like decay, at the end… let’s try instead to see it as the preparation for a rebirth! To learn how to make the most of this season, let’s observe nature and learn to imitate it

The trees get rid of the old leaves. They drop them and they feed the roots in view of the rebirth that will come with the spring. We too learn to leave behind the past, what has caused us pain or concern, treasuring what it has taught us but ready to be born again free from the burden of negative experiences.

Very useful are the outdoor walks, in contact with nature, to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

We take advantage of the hours of light and sunny days that come in this season that are a source of vitamin D (that regulates the quality of sleep) and good mood. Let’s get  light into the house and allow ourselves long walks that can give us a great sense of well-being.

 Let’s enjoy Autumn!

Let’s convince ourselves that Autumn can be a beautiful season! If the summer heat had stressed us, now we can appreciate the warmth of our homes. We cab relax on the sofa And we can devote ourselves to some good reading or an afternoon with someone who is dear to us in front of a cup of tea.

And it’s the perfect time to start a new activity, a hobby that maybe we had not found the time to devote ourselves to but that will definitely give us well-being and gratification.

The days get shorter, the darkness comes early and even sleep benefits.  This feeling is more pleasant than taking refuge under the duvet on a cold evening. Nothing to do with the hot summer nights!

We fight sadness even at the table

Try to compensate for the sudden feeling of sadness, taking refuge in a binge of carbohydrates and sweet foods. Better not to exaggerate because, after a first (short) phase of euphoria due to the introduction of sugars. You will feel, then, even more emptied at the energy level. Not to mention the potential damage caused by excessive sugar consumption on health and line.

A simple piece of advice? We start the day by drinking a glass of water to replenish what our body consumed during the night. Water activates thermogenesis and increases metabolism as well as helping to repair cells.

Equally important is a balanced diet. Much attention should be paid to breakfast which should be the most important meal of the day. Conversely, dinner must be a light meal.

Some people love Autumn!

Not everyone is negatively affected by the arrival of autumn. There are people who love everything this season brings with it and consider it the happiest time of the year.

How is this possible? What does it depend on? It probably depends on memories associated with childhood, such as how you lived for the first day of school, finding friends and companions, or the memories of holidays that can be connected to the sea or the snow of the mountains. The more in our childhood we will have enjoyed the summer and the sadder we will be at its end, the more we will have enjoyed the autumn and the more we will be led to love it.

But, as we know, the seasons come back and each is able to bring opportunities. It’s up to us to know how to grasp them.

 

 

 

 

 

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